The judges noted an increase in the number of projects submitted as well as a wider range of finalists from more countries on the continent. The entries were submitted from across Africa including Burundi, Nigeria, South Africa, Morocco, Kenya and Egypt.
“A huge thanks to all of our judges. We’re really excited by the diversity of projects this year, especially among the startups. As expected, there was a strong showing from the big media players in South Africa – and that’s something to inspire news publishers across the continent. The projects on the shortlist include some great case studies in growing digital revenue from both advertising and subscriptions,” said Nick Tjaardstra, director Europe & Africa, WAN-IFRA.
The awards will be announced on 11 September 2019 at the Digital Media Africa conference which has attracted leading digital media thinkers. Registration for the conference is still open.
The winners of the African Digital Media Awards are automatically entered into the World Digital Media Awards competition.
The categories of Best Innovation to Engage Youth Audiences was changed to Best Digital Project to Engage Younger and / or Millennial Audiences.
BEST DATA VISUALISATION
BEST DIGITAL NEWS START-UP
BEST DIGITAL PROJECT TO ENGAGE YOUNGER AND/OR MILLENNIAL AUDIENCES
BEST NATIVE ADVERTISING/BRANDED CONTENT CAMPAIGN
BEST NEWS WEBSITE OR MOBILE SERVICE
BEST PAID CONTENT STRATEGY (INCL. PAY WALL, MEMBERSHIP OR CROWD FUNDING MODELS)
BEST USE OF ONLINE VIDEO (INCLUDING VR)
BEST IN SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT
The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, or WAN-IFRA, is the global organisation of the world’s press. It derives its authority from its global network of 3,000 news publishing companies and technology entrepreneurs, and its legitimacy from it’s 80 member publisher associations representing 18,000 publications in 120 countries.